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Reckless (Irresistible #6)

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For years, we never looked at each other like that.  But in a single night, everything changed. ... Some days, he’s my worst enemy. Other days he's my best friend. Every day, of course, Adam Maxwell is my cocky prick of a boss, and for the past five years, we've been the official power duo at Engelman Sports, closing multi-million dollar contracts like LA’s most well-oiled ma For years, we never looked at each other like that.  But in a single night, everything changed. ... Some days, he’s my worst enemy. Other days he's my best friend. Every day, of course, Adam Maxwell is my cocky prick of a boss, and for the past five years, we've been the official power duo at Engelman Sports, closing multi-million dollar contracts like LA’s most well-oiled machine.  Honestly, we thrive on the daily love-hate.  I call out his womanizing. He rags on my “needy” fiancé. And we carry right on. Because through thick and thin, our work dynamic has always stayed rock-solid. Fine-tuned to the kind of perfection you couldn’t break if you tried. Or so I thought.Until one night. That was all it took to turn our worlds upside down. One weekend business trip and one birthday surprise gone catastrophically wrong. Long story short, Adam caught me exposed. I felt him aroused... And just like that the switch flipped on our dynamic. For five years, Adam Maxwell and I were just friends. But now? We're anything but.


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For years, we never looked at each other like that.  But in a single night, everything changed. ... Some days, he’s my worst enemy. Other days he's my best friend. Every day, of course, Adam Maxwell is my cocky prick of a boss, and for the past five years, we've been the official power duo at Engelman Sports, closing multi-million dollar contracts like LA’s most well-oiled ma For years, we never looked at each other like that.  But in a single night, everything changed. ... Some days, he’s my worst enemy. Other days he's my best friend. Every day, of course, Adam Maxwell is my cocky prick of a boss, and for the past five years, we've been the official power duo at Engelman Sports, closing multi-million dollar contracts like LA’s most well-oiled machine.  Honestly, we thrive on the daily love-hate.  I call out his womanizing. He rags on my “needy” fiancé. And we carry right on. Because through thick and thin, our work dynamic has always stayed rock-solid. Fine-tuned to the kind of perfection you couldn’t break if you tried. Or so I thought.Until one night. That was all it took to turn our worlds upside down. One weekend business trip and one birthday surprise gone catastrophically wrong. Long story short, Adam caught me exposed. I felt him aroused... And just like that the switch flipped on our dynamic. For five years, Adam Maxwell and I were just friends. But now? We're anything but.

30 review for Reckless (Irresistible #6)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anovelqueen

    ***6 STARS*** THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR! First, this is my favorite trope: boss/assistant workplace romance. Then you add in Adam Maxwell and you undisputedly have the total package. Adam is one of the top sport’s agents in Los Angeles and he got there with the assistance of his faithful employee and assistant A.J. (Adrienne). They have worked together without a ripple for five years and no one knows Adam better than A.J. No one can speak to him the way she does. No one can calm h ***6 STARS*** THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR! First, this is my favorite trope: boss/assistant workplace romance. Then you add in Adam Maxwell and you undisputedly have the total package. Adam is one of the top sport’s agents in Los Angeles and he got there with the assistance of his faithful employee and assistant A.J. (Adrienne). They have worked together without a ripple for five years and no one knows Adam better than A.J. No one can speak to him the way she does. No one can calm him down like she does. She can read his mind before he speaks. They are that in sync. Then the Palm Beach weekend happens, and the rest is history. If I say too much, I will give away spoilers, so you must find out yourself what happens in Palm Beach. (smile) Adam Maxwell checks all my boxes. Gorgeous (check), rich (check), intelligent (check), funny (check) cocky (check), caring (check) and a champion in the bedroom. What starts out innocently between Adam and A.J. with some harmless flirting when they never crossed the line before turns into a scorcher. Boy they are combustible and the sex scenes intense. I loved the camaraderie ship between the hero and heroine. A. J. had already become invaluable to Adam in business so it was beautiful to see them cross over to become lovers. I highly recommend this book. I would give it six stars if I could. It was that good. Read additional reviews on hot alphas and bad boys at www.anovelqueen.com.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

    2020 has been an absolute shitshow. Not only did our world get rocked in March because of the pandemic, but my daughter started having some scary health issues out of nowhere. I was in a constant state of panic for months. I couldn't sleep. I could barely eat. Thinking about anything other than what was going on with my daughter was a struggle, and with the pandemic worries on top of it, it felt like I was living in a nightmare. Needless to say, I fell into a deep reading slump. I could barely p 2020 has been an absolute shitshow. Not only did our world get rocked in March because of the pandemic, but my daughter started having some scary health issues out of nowhere. I was in a constant state of panic for months. I couldn't sleep. I could barely eat. Thinking about anything other than what was going on with my daughter was a struggle, and with the pandemic worries on top of it, it felt like I was living in a nightmare. Needless to say, I fell into a deep reading slump. I could barely pick up a book, and when I did, I couldn't concentrate on it no matter how hard I tried. Reading is usually my escape, so not having it at a time like this was especially hard. I desperately needed to get out of my head for at least a little while, or I felt like I was going to lose my mind. When I saw that Stella Rhys was releasing a new novel in her Irresistible series, I was instantly excited and hopeful. She is one of my unicorns. I've loved every book I've read from her without fail. Her books are the perfect escapist reads. The characters always win me over right away. The stories are captivating, and the writing is so good I never get the urge to put the books down. I've read almost every single one of her books in one sitting. She's that good, y'all! If anybody could pull me out of my slump and get me to fall into the land of make believe, I knew it would be Stella! Guess what? I was right! Reckless was just what I needed! I fell head over heels for Adam and AJ immediately! I adored their friendship, their working relationship, and eventually, their romance. The mutual respect between them was present from the beginning, and the history the two of them shared made their connection that much stronger. I loved watching their relationship evolve and develop. The steamy scenes were hot af as always! This author never disappoints in that department. The story itself kept me glued to the page. It was just everything I needed it to be! I was so happy that we got to see characters from past books, too. It warmed my heart and made me sad all at the same time. I didn't want this series to come to an end, but I know all good things have to at some point, right? Besides, I know whatever Stella comes out with next will be just as incredible. If you're a fan of this author, give this book a try! You're gonna love it! For those of you that have never read Stella before, DO IT NOW! Go back to the beginning of this series, and read them all! You won't regret it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (LoverofTBR)

    Rating 4 ‘I wouldn’t mind if Adam was my boss’ 🌟 Song Recommendation Har Kisi Ko with English translation! Jab Dil Se Dil Mile Hain When both the hearts have met Phir Kyun Yeh Faasle Hain, Is Tarah? Then why are these distances still there? Aa Bol De Tu, Ya Bol Doon Main? Come and say it, or should I say it? Kab Tak Chhupayein, Yeh Bekhudi Till how long should we hide this feeling of senselessness? Review Adam Maxwell is a sports agent at a top company in Los Angeles and he has been amazingly su Rating 4 ‘I wouldn’t mind if Adam was my boss’ 🌟 Song Recommendation Har Kisi Ko with English translation! Jab Dil Se Dil Mile Hain When both the hearts have met Phir Kyun Yeh Faasle Hain, Is Tarah? Then why are these distances still there? Aa Bol De Tu, Ya Bol Doon Main? Come and say it, or should I say it? Kab Tak Chhupayein, Yeh Bekhudi Till how long should we hide this feeling of senselessness? Review Adam Maxwell is a sports agent at a top company in Los Angeles and he has been amazingly successfully in his career with the help of his super assistant of five years, Adrienne (AJ). Adam and AJ have amazing platonic chemistry where AJ has learned to anticipate Adam’s professional needs and Adam appreciates AJ’s assistant skills. Adam and AJ are basically friends with their knowledge of each other’s presence, their hilarious banter, and their respect for each other’s boundaries, but they don’t label themselves as friends to keep their relationship professional. Though it was hard for AJ to maintain that platonic relationship at first when she started working for Adam because she was attracted to him: I found Adam Maxwell to be deathly attractive. Like, lose-your-breath, when-was-the-last-time-I-blinked, why-am-I-suddenly-sweating attractive. But AJ soon learns to be resistive of Adam’s beauty and charm to maintain her professionalism and is nicknamed as The Adam Whisperer at their office: And because Adam Maxwell was a bit of a twisted dickhead, that snappy brusqueness was precisely how our work relationship thrived. Precisely how I endeared myself to him and became known at the office as The Adam Whisperer. The only one who could rein him in when he was being a raging asshole. The only one who could make him sit long enough to actually listen. But one blunderful night – the courtesy of AJ’s ex-fiance – jarringly transformed Adam and AJ’s platonic chemistry into fiery sexual chemistry. A perfect summary of the said night in AJ’s words: Last night had been, in a massive understatement, fucking wild. My fiancé cheated, my boss nearly beat the shit out of him for me, and then said boss and I had an increasingly inappropriate sleepover that started with whiskey and ended with me asking about his masturbation habits—and then getting very openly flustered by his answer. Therein lies the major problem I had with the book which stopped it from being a perfect read for me. AJ and Adam have worked together for five years with complete professionalism and without any signs of open attraction, so I was a little skeptical how one night created such a drastic change in their behaviors and their chemistry. It felt like it went from platonic to sexual in blink of an eye and I really wanted that build-up to be stretched out! Otherwise, I really enjoyed the characters and the book! AJ was a tough and strong woman who doesn’t let her past define her. She knows what she wants in her career – career that is male dominated – and is not hesitant to work hard to achieve her professional dreams and goals! Adam was described as an asshole and a manwhore, but it was told more than shown for me. Because he was anything but than an asshole and a manwhore for me. After realizing he is attracted to AJ after the blunderful night, there is no OW drama from him so I didn’t really see his manwhorish ways. And Adam’s actions spoke louder than words. While they were in a platonic relationship, Adam was still respectful and protective towards AJ. After the flare of their sexual chemistry, he was respective of her wishes, her goals for her career, and her boundaries! So I didn’t really see his assholish ways either. If anything, Adam was a charmer and an amazing partner to AJ. As evident when he defends her in front of her ex: “In case you forgot, I’ve been with AJ for five years too. But the difference is I’ve known her worth since the day she came into my life, and I never forget it for a second. I know exactly what she brings to the table. That there isn’t anyone else like her out there. I know I wouldn’t have made it anywhere close to this far without her, and that’s what sets my five years apart from yours. I know how fucking lucky I am. And I know to never do anything to screw that up.” Overall, I loved how AJ was passionate about what she sets her mind to and I loved how Adam swept me off my feet with his charm, protectiveness, possessiveness, playfulness, and sometimes his seriousness. Getting Adam’s backstory broke my heart and I wanted more closure for Adam and Cole in this book, but hopefully we get Cole’s book and the closure will be part of it! “You make everything come together and feel right in a way I could’ve never dreamed of, and every day I wake up, I’m so fucking grateful to be holding you. Every morning, I feel it stronger than the last. I don’t know what I did to deserve you, AJ. I just know that I want to spend the rest of my life protecting you and making you proud. Making you as happy as you make me every second I’m with you.” The writing was riveting, and easy flowing as is always the case with Stella Rhys’s books. The banter between Adam and AJ was feisty, engaging, and downright hilarious at times! The chemistry and romance were scorching, swoon-worthy, and brimming with passion. I really enjoyed Reckless and can’t wait for more books in the world of the Irresistible series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline F

    Freakin’ fabulous story. One of my favourite reads of the year! "One look at those lips and my blood went hot." AJ Tan has been Adam Maxwell's right-hand woman for five years. He might look like God's gift to women, but AJ got over her crush within weeks of working for him, and now they work perfectly in tandem together. However, one life-changing moment for AJ has them suddenly looking at each other in a completely non-professional way. One dramatic weekend has their dynamic changing and the sex Freakin’ fabulous story. One of my favourite reads of the year! "One look at those lips and my blood went hot." AJ Tan has been Adam Maxwell's right-hand woman for five years. He might look like God's gift to women, but AJ got over her crush within weeks of working for him, and now they work perfectly in tandem together. However, one life-changing moment for AJ has them suddenly looking at each other in a completely non-professional way. One dramatic weekend has their dynamic changing and the sexual tension between them escalating, until the lines are so blurred that they soon find themselves redefining their relationship. "I spend half my day trying to get you out of my head and the other half just letting you f*cking own every inch of my brain space." Gaaah! I just loved this story so much and I didn't want it to end! It was funny, HOT AF and tugged at the heartstrings. I want to be AJ when I grow up! She's smart, sassy and more than able to handle herself - and Adam. He has huge respect for her and recognises that he owes a lot of his success to her, even though she likes to give him a hard time. I loved the ever-shifting dynamic in their relationship, as they try to deny what's between them but seem completely incapable of sticking to their previous script. The chemistry between them was off the charts. I found Adam's dirty mouth thrilling and I absolutely loved that he wasn't shy about the things he wanted to do to AJ!! *fans self* And, she gave as good as she got! LOL. I adored that beneath Adam's cocky, hardass veneer beat the heart of a man who was vulnerable, loyal, protective and so caring. He carried some deep hurts and my heart melted as he shared so much of himself with AJ. I love this author's writing style. I just knew this book was going to be fabulous and she thoroughly delivered! Blog post: http://readingwillingable.blogspot.co...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lana Reads

    4,5 stars How have I never read this author?! Silly, silly me!! *grabs all she can carry and hides in her bedroom to binge* Because the writing was fun - and the characters real and relatable. Add some over the charts chemistry? And you've got a perfect book to start a new author with. And even though the boss/assistant romance is not my favourite thing, Ms. Rhys managed to make it interesting and believable enough, so I stuck with it and was rewarded greatly. I'm going to read everything by this au 4,5 stars How have I never read this author?! Silly, silly me!! *grabs all she can carry and hides in her bedroom to binge* Because the writing was fun - and the characters real and relatable. Add some over the charts chemistry? And you've got a perfect book to start a new author with. And even though the boss/assistant romance is not my favourite thing, Ms. Rhys managed to make it interesting and believable enough, so I stuck with it and was rewarded greatly. I'm going to read everything by this author. Soon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    4.5 stars Um.. WHERE HAS THIS AUTHOR BEEN until now? why haven't I heard of her before, when I needed fun banter, smuttiness , plot, good writing, and I fell into this book slump? Why doesn't she have proper FB/Instagram accounts so I can stalk her? Ok..(deep breaths) I don't know what the heck is going on, but I need more.Thank goodness for GR friends and their reviews in my newsfeed for this. Perfect office, boss-assistant romance book. The perfect blend of great banter, chemistry, tension, plot 4.5 stars Um.. WHERE HAS THIS AUTHOR BEEN until now? why haven't I heard of her before, when I needed fun banter, smuttiness , plot, good writing, and I fell into this book slump? Why doesn't she have proper FB/Instagram accounts so I can stalk her? Ok..(deep breaths) I don't know what the heck is going on, but I need more.Thank goodness for GR friends and their reviews in my newsfeed for this. Perfect office, boss-assistant romance book. The perfect blend of great banter, chemistry, tension, plot, sex scenes and closure. Just loved it! oh and ADAM (swonnnnnn) Adam Maxwell is big sports's agent and his right hand,for 5 years now is AJ. These two are like a well oiled machine. They know eachother perfectly: moods, needs, gestures, expectations, the dynamic between them is perfect. Always kept a professional relationship despite them spending every day together working hard. This until one night, when AJ caught her fiance cheating and Adam was there to back her up. In the course of the next months their relationship went from platonic to charged and on fire. Both realized that all this pent-up chemistry was actually there since the beginning but subdued under their active jobs. They discover one another more and more and what should be a one time deal to ease up the awkwardness becomes something regular and builds strong feelings neither is going to ignore. In a environment ruled by mans, gossip and judgment pulls them apart for a while, but they find their way back to eachother again and we have a HFN. This author is definitely worth keeping an eye on. I will check her other works too that's for sure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna *Bran. San. Stan*

    4.5 stars: If you’re looking for a beautiful, angstfree, steamy romance that makes you laugh, warms your heart (and other parts), this is your chance to experience it all! This is the perfect story to lose yourself in and feel with Adam and AJ. Who cares if the mandatory relationship complication was somewhat predictable, Adam’s back story was absolutely not and it was both heartbreaking and heartbreakingly beautiful to discover. I’m gonna go ahead and enjoy the happy afterglow this novel has le 4.5 stars: If you’re looking for a beautiful, angstfree, steamy romance that makes you laugh, warms your heart (and other parts), this is your chance to experience it all! This is the perfect story to lose yourself in and feel with Adam and AJ. Who cares if the mandatory relationship complication was somewhat predictable, Adam’s back story was absolutely not and it was both heartbreaking and heartbreakingly beautiful to discover. I’m gonna go ahead and enjoy the happy afterglow this novel has left me with and leave with that one thought: How did I not know this is the 6th book in a series?? (Me, pet-peeving: The copious, erroneous use of “literally” made me not literally, but figuratively go up the wall. 🤪 ) … until I made the critical mistake of licking whipped cream off my finger. Mid-click, Adam cut his gaze to me – and with such laser swiftness I actually froze mid-lick, eyes wide and suppressing laughter till he shook his head, averting his eyes back to his screen. He gave another few clicks of his trackpad before he said, “If you’re going to eat in here, I’m going to need you to do it less attractively.” Hi sternness made my eyebrows lift with both surprise and amusement. “Okay, let me just chew with my mouth wide open then.” “That, I’d fire you for.” … she stepped out of the elevator looking like an angel in a white sundress so perfect on her body that I forgot what the fuck blinking was. Other books in the Irresistible series: 1. Sweet Spot ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 2. Bad Boss TBD 3. Dirty Deeds TBD 4. Hothead TBD 5. Now or Never ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6. Reckless ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 _________________________ ❗️Mild spoiler below: The one thing that I truly missed was a reunion scene with Adam and Cole, including cell phone footage. Why not give us that??

  8. 5 out of 5

    ⋆Lara⋆

    4 stars🌟 Me after reading this book- Another hit by a new-to-me author!! Adam is officially inducted to my harem of book boyfriends! Office romance is one of my favorite tropes so I knew this was going to be a win for me. Adrienne Joelle, aka, AJ is the assistant to a successful baseball sports manager, Adam Maxwell. Together as a team they are invincible. For five years, they have been in the best platonic relationship but one night of cheating-bastards, expensive lingerie, and a hot as hell boss 4 stars🌟 Me after reading this book- Another hit by a new-to-me author!! Adam is officially inducted to my harem of book boyfriends! Office romance is one of my favorite tropes so I knew this was going to be a win for me. Adrienne Joelle, aka, AJ is the assistant to a successful baseball sports manager, Adam Maxwell. Together as a team they are invincible. For five years, they have been in the best platonic relationship but one night of cheating-bastards, expensive lingerie, and a hot as hell boss, the sexual tension becomes almost unbearable. But giving in to your temptations doesn't always makes it go away. So what happens if they both crave more? I loved the sexual tension between Adam and AJ. It was not unexpected but totally refreshing. The chemistry was sizzling! And when they finally yield to it? It was simply explosive! I had an amazing time with this one and would totally recommend it as a light read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    This was a hot and steamy, friends/boss and assistant to lovers read. They are sports agent and assistant and they have been working and bantering for the last five years. Adam can’t live without AJ, and AJ loves her dynamic with her friend/boss. But things change with one encounter and it’s worth it. I honestly love Stella’s books and the amount of heat and tension. I will say that I rated this lower, because in this book there is a point where things feel a little draggy. The angst is good, an This was a hot and steamy, friends/boss and assistant to lovers read. They are sports agent and assistant and they have been working and bantering for the last five years. Adam can’t live without AJ, and AJ loves her dynamic with her friend/boss. But things change with one encounter and it’s worth it. I honestly love Stella’s books and the amount of heat and tension. I will say that I rated this lower, because in this book there is a point where things feel a little draggy. The angst is good, and I love the sub plot angst, but it just takes a bit to get there. Like pulling some teeth. All in all this was still a good read. With the right amount of tension and heat. PS - Cole NEEDS a book. Make it extra grumpy sunshine and I will be very very happy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ~♡AB♡~

    Wow, I LOVED! This book is seriously underrated, and by far my favourite read by this author, she's always been a bit hit or miss for me but mainly a hit so I always read her new releases if I see them. This was a story that had everything I love, and the characters were both likeable and interesting - I could read about these two all day long. Also, this book was hot and wonderfully balanced with some seriously sweet moments. Plus, the bants was so funny. Perfectly swoony, loved it 💜

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sexxxxualll tensionnnn!!! Like so much of it. The kind that makes you blush and giggle as you read cause DAMN she did it again. I honestly knew I was going to love these two after seeing their fiery, back and forth dynamic in Now or Never but man they were even hotter and wittier and more banter-y than I ever expected and the sexual tension was just sizzling off the damned pages. I LOVED THESE TWO. I did not know this was the combo of tropes I needed but boss assistant + friends to lovers is my ne Sexxxxualll tensionnnn!!! Like so much of it. The kind that makes you blush and giggle as you read cause DAMN she did it again. I honestly knew I was going to love these two after seeing their fiery, back and forth dynamic in Now or Never but man they were even hotter and wittier and more banter-y than I ever expected and the sexual tension was just sizzling off the damned pages. I LOVED THESE TWO. I did not know this was the combo of tropes I needed but boss assistant + friends to lovers is my new jam. These two are ride or dies that, despite being assholes to each other most of the time, actually have each other’s backs 100% and have from day one. They’ll never say it out loud but their relationship is incredibly special. That connection plus the one-upping, love-hate thing they have going on makes for explosive chemistry and as usual HOT AF sex. But of course Stella also weaves a truckload of emotions and reveals and heart-wrenching backstories that make you want more. Specifically from one character but in case it’s a spoiler I won’t say. Can’t wait for more!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    moonlight ☾

    ✰ 5 stars ✰ tbh I've been in a reading slump since the end of May, but I think this book finally got me out of my slump. This was my first Stella Rhys book, but definitely won't be my last! I was invested in everything that was happening. Although friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, there have been books where it's hard for me to see the H/h as more than friends cause of the sibling relationship vibe they gave off so I'm glad this was not the case of Reckless for me. I loved the way Ad ✰ 5 stars ✰ tbh I've been in a reading slump since the end of May, but I think this book finally got me out of my slump. This was my first Stella Rhys book, but definitely won't be my last! I was invested in everything that was happening. Although friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, there have been books where it's hard for me to see the H/h as more than friends cause of the sibling relationship vibe they gave off so I'm glad this was not the case of Reckless for me. I loved the way Adam (H) and AJ (h) knew so much about each other to the point where they could instantly tell the other's moods. I loved Adam so much. The way he was straight forward about his feelings and stood by it rather than trying to run away. *swoons* I loved AJ as well! I could relate to her at times and, other times, I didn't agree with her choices but, overall, she was an amazing heroine. As for the side characters, the relationship between AJ, Georgia and Emily was so fun to read about. They gave me laughter throughout this book! I'm hoping we'll get stories for Knox, Cole, Georgia and Emily. I'm interested in knowing more about those four in particular. Highly recommend! <3

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nas

    platonic feelings? AJ and Adam definitely don't know her this book DRAGGED me out of my slump, reckless was absolutely LOVELY a delicious boss/assistant romance but also friends to lovers trope with a hint of fake dating to piss off her ex. All this served with a side of jealousy, bickering, angst, SHARING ONE BED and YEARNING??? scrumptious. decadent. delectable. just chef's kiss. i hope we get blessed with cole's book next please and thank you

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    This was okay, I wasn't a big fan of the hero's amazing sex life while the heroine had a terrible sex life and the hero was her best sexual partner. It's a double standard I don't love.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jultri

    DNF (read to about 40 %, skimmed to 75%). A lot of office lust and not enough genuine emotions or character development. I'll classify this as erotic romance for that reason, when plot takes second place to a whole lot of raunchy sex.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Serial Romance Librarian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the story of Adam and AJ. Adam is smoldering sexy, cocky, and intelligent. He is a very talented agent for an LA sports agency. A.J. is beautiful, whip-smart, and can read her boss, Adam like a book. She’s worked for him 5 years after all, and has been passed over repeatedly for promotion after promotion. Despite her talent, she’s never got to be an agent. It all started when her professor sexually harassed her and essentially launched a smear campaign against her. I did like this book. This is the story of Adam and AJ. Adam is smoldering sexy, cocky, and intelligent. He is a very talented agent for an LA sports agency. A.J. is beautiful, whip-smart, and can read her boss, Adam like a book. She’s worked for him 5 years after all, and has been passed over repeatedly for promotion after promotion. Despite her talent, she’s never got to be an agent. It all started when her professor sexually harassed her and essentially launched a smear campaign against her. I did like this book. It is quite vanilla and safe. Adam realizes that he’s loved A.J. for a long time and he champions her. It’s not Adam’s fault that A.J.’s never got to have the career she’s worked for, though he did take her for granted. He wouldn’t have had the success he enjoyed as an agent without A.J.’s assistance. A.J. is basically the victim of a sexist industry, which is why I was a bit frustrated with this book. I kept thinking, “Why bother? You’re just spinning your wheels and wasting your youth, A.J.! Find another career/agency before it’s too late! Quit wiping Adam’s cranky, unstable ass for him!” She eventually figures it out. He realizes he can’t live without her... HEA with a sibling reunion thrown in! There were some typos, some inconsistencies with 1st person/3rd person perspective that threw me a bit. This book needs some more editing. It kept me entertained and had some nice steaminess, so four stars! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hope Jones

    "I should've known that one day, Adam and I would be ruined forever." Whether or not they were ruined is something you'll have to read Reckless to find out. However, I can say this book ruined ME forever. *Dreamy sigh* Reckless was everything I wanted. AJ and Adam are one of my all time favorite couples ever. They were perfect for each other. Adam was the PERFECT hero, swoon-worthy, jealous, possessive, protective. You name it, Adam has that quality. AJ wasn't the type of heroine that rolled over "I should've known that one day, Adam and I would be ruined forever." Whether or not they were ruined is something you'll have to read Reckless to find out. However, I can say this book ruined ME forever. *Dreamy sigh* Reckless was everything I wanted. AJ and Adam are one of my all time favorite couples ever. They were perfect for each other. Adam was the PERFECT hero, swoon-worthy, jealous, possessive, protective. You name it, Adam has that quality. AJ wasn't the type of heroine that rolled over and let whoever walk all over her. She stood up for herself. She didn't take Adam's crap and gave it just as good as she got it. I HIGHLY recommend you read Reckless. Like... now. Seriously, you'll regret waiting. "I'm in the mood for you, AJ," he said unapologetically, making me swallow hard. "I don't even remember what it's like to not be thinking about you every five minutes."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    3.5 Liked it a lot, but could have done without all the talk about the heroes past with women. He only had eyes for the heroine once they started though. She also had a fiance the whole time they worked together which a lot of why they stayed friends and buried their attraction. It worked for me. This author writes steamy scenes incredibly well!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Simran (crazy-undying-obsession-for-romance)

    Dying for this 😍

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)

    The mix of heat and absolute sweetness of this couple is an out of this world reading experience! I love the way these two work together! They make no sense yet together they are everything! His surly, jerk ways mixed with her sassy flare and sweet demeanor just work! With out one you don’t get the full power of who they are! They bring out the best and worse of one another but together they magnify the most endearing qualities! Adam is a man who knows what he wants but he wears his pain as a su The mix of heat and absolute sweetness of this couple is an out of this world reading experience! I love the way these two work together! They make no sense yet together they are everything! His surly, jerk ways mixed with her sassy flare and sweet demeanor just work! With out one you don’t get the full power of who they are! They bring out the best and worse of one another but together they magnify the most endearing qualities! Adam is a man who knows what he wants but he wears his pain as a suit of armor! He doesn’t do love and he barely knows how to deal with his own family! The only person who can bring his walls down just a little has always been AJ! Aj thought she had the world figured out but each day spent with her boss Adam she discovers things about herself she didn’t know possible! She’s outspoken, determined and smart! When her world begins to crumble she finds comfort in the last place she expected! What she feels is a one off turns into more. As they begin to tear each other’s walls down AJ and Adam discover that there’s more to each other and that maybe love is worth the leap of faith! I have loved this series since book one and with each new couple I just fall more and more in love with the characters Stella has created! This is a definite summer must read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nova B

    I read enough to know this is not for me. And that epilogue is a joke. Sorry but a engagement that’s it. No thanks. Why I can’t find a good office romance. Ugh 😩

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nephy

    Finished this last night. Stella Rhys definitely didn not disappoint with this new release. The chemistry between the main characters was combustible. This friends-to-lovers trope always gives me the happy vibes. I loved the push and pull, the banter, and this one served it in spades. 4 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorie

    Loved it. I can always count on Stella Rhys for a great hero.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    4.5 stars! AJ has spent the last five years working for her incredibly handsome boss, and though most woman wouldn’t be able to resist him, the friendship they’ve formed has been key in keeping things platonic. When AJ sees her fiancé cheating, she runs to the only person she can. Now, there’s incredible tension between AJ and Adam thanks to the sexy lingerie she was wearing when her heart was broken. Adam sees her in a different light and AJ can’t help thinking about him in ways she's never allo 4.5 stars! AJ has spent the last five years working for her incredibly handsome boss, and though most woman wouldn’t be able to resist him, the friendship they’ve formed has been key in keeping things platonic. When AJ sees her fiancé cheating, she runs to the only person she can. Now, there’s incredible tension between AJ and Adam thanks to the sexy lingerie she was wearing when her heart was broken. Adam sees her in a different light and AJ can’t help thinking about him in ways she's never allowed herself to before and what follows is a wonderful friends-to-lovers romance that is sure to put a smile on your face! Reckless is so much fun. It has the perfect mix of sweet, sexy, and swoony, and is full of heat, humor, heart, and feels. AJ and Adam have always kept things professional, so once the line is crossed things change in more ways than one. Sure the sexual tension is off the charts, the chemistry is electric, and there are smoking hot sexy scenes that included office fantasies and more, but it’s the personal connection that has morphed into more than just a friendship that is really special. They get to know each other on a deeper level and I could feel their respect for one another. “I just need you to know that you’re fucking incredible,” he murmured, making my heart flutter in my chest. “I keep thinking I’ve found out everything there is to know about you,” his voice was a near whisper now, “but you keep surprising me every day.” They are perfect together both in and out of the bedroom, and are wonderful as coworkers. The banter is fantastic and they give as good as they get. They are hilarious together but also complement each other well and knew the other’s worth. They open up  in ways they never imagined and I loved that that they are there for each other when they need it most. Then, there is a issue that changes everything. I so wanted things to go a different way but I understood exactly while they had to play out the way they did. And I loved both AJ and Adam for how they handle the situation. AJ is strong and determined and Adam was all swoony and loveable. Overall, Reckless is an emotional story at times but still brings all the fun making it lighthearted as well. It’s a delicious addition to the Irresistible series and I recommend it to all romance lovers, especially those who love the friends-to-lovers trope! *ARC generously provided by the author and Give Me Books PR*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    This was unputdownable and soooo damn good! I honestly didn’t expect this to be such a fun read. It was a perfect blend of steam, romance, and humor. On top of that, I loved the dynamic between Adam and AJ. They work so well together, had perfect chemistry that lit up the novel from the first page and they actually felt believable, but that was a given considering their five year long work relationship that quickly transitioned to friends with benefits to then lovers after a week This was unputdownable and soooo damn good! I honestly didn’t expect this to be such a fun read. It was a perfect blend of steam, romance, and humor. On top of that, I loved the dynamic between Adam and AJ. They work so well together, had perfect chemistry that lit up the novel from the first page and they actually felt believable, but that was a given considering their five year long work relationship that quickly transitioned to friends with benefits to then lovers after a weekend that nearly ended in a disaster. If you’re not convinced enough to grab this, “Reckless” is the perfect page turner for romance readers needing a steamy, sweet, romantic, and sexy fix. So hop to it and pick this up now! You’ll only regret it if you don’t.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Romantic Critic

    Stella Rhys is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, but her latest installment was underwhelming. I couldn’t connect with the characters or their love story as deeply as I could with her other works. The premise of the story (assistant/boss relationship) didn’t really work and I found myself cringing more than I was squealing over the romance’s beginnings, usually my favourite parts. Hoping to reignite the spark in their relationship after a seriously long dry spell, AJ Tan goes all out Stella Rhys is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, but her latest installment was underwhelming. I couldn’t connect with the characters or their love story as deeply as I could with her other works. The premise of the story (assistant/boss relationship) didn’t really work and I found myself cringing more than I was squealing over the romance’s beginnings, usually my favourite parts. Hoping to reignite the spark in their relationship after a seriously long dry spell, AJ Tan goes all out for her fiancé’s birthday celebrations. The plan? She’ll surprise him in his hotel room (after pretending that a work commitment will take her away in another city) and they’ll (hopefully) make use of her generous stash of condoms and new lingerie. However, when her partner of almost six years eventually shows up – in the room booked with her dime, no less – he isn’t alone. Horrified to discover that all the hotels in the surrounding area are fully booked for the duration of her stay, she has no choice but to ask her boss, Adam Maxwell, to bunk in his room. With Adam having had to bury his long-held attraction to his assistant of five years, AJ’s newly minted singledom and their living arrangements are the perfect storm for mounting sexual tension. But warring with her attraction are its potential repercussions to her professional reputation, something that she hasn’t worked countless all-nighters to destroy. Reckless was decent, but it didn’t live up to my expectations, which were set pretty high considering how much I loved Now or Never. AJ and Adam didn’t really shine individually or together – or at least not as memorably as Stella’s other leads. The sex scenes weren’t as hot, outside of that very steamy scene in the shower, and felt repetitive after a while (not a sentiment I usually share about her sex scenes). Adam in particular, didn’t have the charm of an Iain Thorn and the couple’s (relatively) lacking sexual chemistry meant that it couldn’t really compensate for his assholeness, à la Drew Maddox. I wished Adam’s secret was revealed earlier because it provided that emotional depth I was missing. (When he was nine, he went to New Jersey to live with his father and stepmother, leaving his destitute biological mother and half-brother in LA. Despite his best efforts, his brother refused to speak to him, as he viewed Adam’s departure and newly acquired wealth as betrayals to the family.) It explained everything, including why Jeannie had raised Holland/reacted to Adam the way she did and why Adam was the way he was (for example, why he held Holland at arm’s length, which I had previously, and erroneously, filed away as yet another example of a careless disregard for others). Likewise, it took me some time to warm up to AJ. In college, her professor had rescinded her internship and devalued her work in front of their entire class when she refused to sleep with him. As someone who was shamed for her relationship with an authoritative figure and who was determined that her actions be the sole driver behind any success, I was cringing at AJ’s and Adam’s increasingly public sexcapades, especially when she initiated them. As she stated, knowledge of their relationship would only harm her career. It was frustrating that she would risk throwing away five years of hard work, her dreams, for sex (at least close the door if you're going to do it in the office!). However, I did like how this conflict played out, when their colleagues inevitably found out about their relationship so soon after her promotion. Adam followed her to the East Coast and chose to work with a smaller firm – instead of Iain’s company – so that AJ could have space to grow her career. I particularly liked that she found this out through happenstance and after two months of standing on her own feet. He didn’t lord his gesture over her head and the ball was in her court to go to him. While AJ’s ex-fiancé was deplorable, it bothered me that Adam dubbed Casper’s sexual preferences (i.e. not wanting to take control in the bedroom) “Cassie”. It was “only” mentioned twice, but it was two times too many. It was toxic masculinity at best, and transphobic at worst. I also don’t understand why, in Stella’s novels, the heroines’ exes are always douchebags. I guess it’s to contrast them against, and by extension lift, the hero, but it always makes me side-eye the heroine. You are the company you keep, and their dogged attempts to fight for that kind of relationship (until it reaches an irredeemable turning point) makes me question their self-respect. This review may seem negative, but I actually did enjoy the novel, especially compared to other romances. It was only against my benchmark for the author’s works that I thought Reckless missed the mark. As always, I like Stella’s prose and how I can never seem to put her books down once I begin. There were also some noteworthy moments, such as Adam’s speech when he attributed his successes/happiness to AJ and his notions on feeling whole vs. complete. Stella’s novels may be formulaic, but I like that her conflicts always feel genuine, as her characters’ misunderstandings (and motivations for keeping their secrets hush-hush until the very end) are, for lack of a better word, understandable. Nonetheless, my somewhat shallow connection to Reckless’ oft-noted “perfect” protagonists and their romance failed to garner the novel a "must-reread" status, unlike her last three installments.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Yes!!!.... I so wanted to read Adams story after we were introduced to him and AJ in Holland and Iain’s book Now or Never. I wasn’t disappointed 🥰... his relationship with AJ is a delight to read and the way they bounce off each other had me smiling then swooning ♥️. This story has everything in it and I was totally captivated both by Ms Rhys’ writing style and also by the complexities of this duos lives. AJ is fun and carefree yet determined to succeed based on her own merit... her spunky persona Yes!!!.... I so wanted to read Adams story after we were introduced to him and AJ in Holland and Iain’s book Now or Never. I wasn’t disappointed 🥰... his relationship with AJ is a delight to read and the way they bounce off each other had me smiling then swooning ♥️. This story has everything in it and I was totally captivated both by Ms Rhys’ writing style and also by the complexities of this duos lives. AJ is fun and carefree yet determined to succeed based on her own merit... her spunky personality and unwavering support made her the best kind of friend and partner for Adam. Adam is alpha, gorgeous and a bit of a teddy bear if you look hard enough....as long as you don’t tell anyone that is!! With great dialogue, humour, pace, surprisingly heartbreaking revelations and a perfect epilogue this book was just fab!! Cole next please?!? 🤔😉

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abstract ♥ Books

                                  Reckless is a perfect blend of humor and romance , all wrapped up in a bundle for you to read and savor. Stella Rhys has done it again. She just gave us another marvelous book about 2 characters , with whom you can't help but fall in love. Stella Rhys is my favorite author of all time!! The moment I see a new book by her, I am running to amazon to order it straightaway. The way she writes is just so compelling. When I first met Adam in Holland's book, I just found him                               Reckless is a perfect blend of humor and romance , all wrapped up in a bundle for you to read and savor. Stella Rhys has done it again. She just gave us another marvelous book about 2 characters , with whom you can't help but fall in love. Stella Rhys is my favorite author of all time!! The moment I see a new book by her, I am running to amazon to order it straightaway. The way she writes is just so compelling. When I first met Adam in Holland's book, I just found him so ignorant. The way he acted towards her was so rude. But after reading this book, my heart just broke for him. All those doubts I had about his character just vanished. The way he acted was absolutely justified, after everything he went through. Both him and AJ were just so perfect for each other. The way they fit and completed each other, was really enjoyable for me to read. Mos of the books of Stella Rhys are a contemporary type romance for me, because I have read books much darker than that, but their simplicity and the way the story unfolds me is what attracts me to it a lot. This book is recommended to all the contemporary romance lovers, with a tinge of humor and kink in their book.          

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessy

    3.5 stars Rounding this up because I really liked the main characters, although there was a bit too much sex in the book for me and 4 stars seems a bit generous. However, I loved the hero and the heroine from the very beginning and I loved their relationship. I didn't like hearing about the (manwhore) hero's previous sexapades, but when he and the heroine get involved, he's devoted to her 100%. He appreciates her and doesn't have any reservations about telling her as it is, including about how mu 3.5 stars Rounding this up because I really liked the main characters, although there was a bit too much sex in the book for me and 4 stars seems a bit generous. However, I loved the hero and the heroine from the very beginning and I loved their relationship. I didn't like hearing about the (manwhore) hero's previous sexapades, but when he and the heroine get involved, he's devoted to her 100%. He appreciates her and doesn't have any reservations about telling her as it is, including about how much he owns part of his success to her. I did think Adam's backstory was revealed too late, though - that added depth would have balanced the feeling that I'm reading erotica, plus I found it hard to connect all the dots that late in the story. Their first sex scene made me a bit uncomfortable due to the power dynamics, but the other sex scenes later on were really hot. Side note: If you are someone who needs to read series/interconnected books in order, then you should know that here there are many referrences to the hero's sister and best friend's story, who apparently had their own book. As of this moment this isn't marked as part of any series here on Goodreads, but in my ebook copy it said it's part of the Irresistible series. -------------- POV: 1st person (dual) story: 3.5 writing: 4 heroine: AJ, 27y, personal assistant at a sports agency. 3.5 stars. I liked her, but I found it a bit weird how reckless she was about having sex with her boss in the office given her ambition and especially given her past. hero: Adam, 32y, works at a sports agency. 4 stars. I liked him a lot. He was charming and fair. secondary characters: 4 couple/romance: 3.5 instalove? No. steam: High. Very steamy sex scenes. angst: Low/medium. enjoyment: 3.5 ending: (view spoiler)[HFN/HEA with an epilogue. Engagement. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Em

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Okay, so worth the read. Cute couple, super lovable hero and heroine and a great story. Overall a sweet story. But still not worth more than three stars. The greatness of this book came in waves, and between the waves it actually was a bit boring. Made me skip a lot of pages that didn’t really give anything to the story. It doesn’t take away the fact that those waves served up a lovely couple, but if the author kept her focus on the best (and frankly the interesting parts) it could’ve been ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Okay, so worth the read. Cute couple, super lovable hero and heroine and a great story. Overall a sweet story. But still not worth more than three stars. The greatness of this book came in waves, and between the waves it actually was a bit boring. Made me skip a lot of pages that didn’t really give anything to the story. It doesn’t take away the fact that those waves served up a lovely couple, but if the author kept her focus on the best (and frankly the interesting parts) it could’ve been a great short novel instead that would probably be deserving of a higher rating than three stars. Plot: The woman, AJ, and the guy, Adam, have worked together for five years. After AJ dumps her cheating fiancé, Adam and AJ ends up sleeping together. Suddenly realizing they have always been more than just friends they start up a relationship. After AJ finally gets promoted, her colleagues start degrading her work by questioning if she slept her way to a better job. Adam tries to stand up for her, but AJ struggles with the harassment and eventually decides to leave L.A. Two months later she learns that Adam has quit his job and moved to be near her, and she shows up at his door step to get him back. He proposes and they end up happily ever after.

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